Shemini Atzeret + Simchat Torah | October 4-6, 2015 | October 23-25, 2016

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What is Shemini Atzeret?

Falling just after Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.

What is Simchat Torah?

It’s the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.

MORE Simchat Torah COVERAGE

Don’t Call Me Cute: A Grandfather’s Lament

How did my wife and I, successful professionals, become a ‘sweet, old couple’?

How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

The Enduring Romance of Simchat Torah

As a pre-teen in braces, I’d watch older boys dance in celebration. Today, I try to share the joy of the Torah with my own kids.

A Simchat Torah Story From 1663 London

Samuel Pepys’ account of stumbling upon a lively synagogue service

Remember the Often Invisible Non-Jews Who Help the Jewish World Function

We tend to overlook the gentiles who keep synagogues running. As we begin the Torah anew, let’s acknowledge our debt to them.

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Creating a Beautiful New Home for the Torah

Video: Judaica designer Alexander Gruss on Simchat Torah, the legacy of the Holocaust, and the value of handmade objects

Will Bob Dylan Win the Nobel Prize?

Plus the swastika comes to Twitter

A Look Back at a Soviet Simchat Torah

An unlikely celebration from Moscow–40 years ago

A Convert’s First Simchat Torah

When the holiday turned my synagogue into a chaotic nightclub, I finally felt like part of the Jewish community

How Tisha B’Av Helped Me Heal

Cancer, and a year of chemotherapy, gave me a new perspective on Jewish holidays—starting with Tisha B’Av

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